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Identify small, white, “ant-like” bug found in chips near tree

Can you help me identify and "diagnose" these small, white, ant-like bugs? There are red chips around the base of a tree in my front yard. I pushed some around with my shoe, and was a bit surprised ...
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Where, when, and how can I plant magnolia trees?

I'd like to plant a magnolia tree at the edge of the garden where it meets the concrete of an adjacent parking lot. There is clear morning sun. Light from the South and West is somewhat obstructed by ...
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How should I grow Moneymaker tomato plants in indoor containers?

A few questions about these moneymaker tomato plants: 1) Is it okay to grow two in a 5-gallon container? 2) Is a homemade bamboo obelisk like the one I am using (see picture) tall enough (it's ...
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What is this bulb with a fuzzy purple and green flower head?

The bulb was small and white at first. Now there's this mixture of purple and green fuzziness of the flowers that's going to bloom. Any ideas what it might be? A friend found it and I just decided to ...
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How do I divide an overgrown Mammillaria cactus?

How do I divide an overgrown cactus (looks similar to Mammillaria vetula subsp. gracilis Preiff)?
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193 views

What fluorescent bulb is best for my tomato seedlings?

It has been suggested that my seedlings may not be getting enough light. What are the best types of fluorescent lights to get? I have a single bulb, and looking to get another light or two to add to ...
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1answer
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My live berry plants have been here a week. When do I put them in the ground?

I have raspberry and blackberry plants from Burpee that showed up here last week. Yesterday was the first day above freezing here in New Jersey (USA). There is still unmelted snow in my yard, and the ...
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Could a spider be causing my orchids and cactus to die?

I had several small plants in the office (two orchids and a small cactus) that died. In a short time they began to dry. Now a third orchid is beginning with similar symptoms and I wanted to ask what ...
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What are the practical differences between cucurbits grown from seed and cuttings?

What are the practical differences between cucumbers grown from seed and cucumbers of the same maturity level and equivalent root maturity from cuttings? Is there a significant difference between ...
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What is the name of these blue seeds?

What is the name of the blue seeds in the upper left part of this picture?
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How to 'clean' topsoil of weeds & pests before giving it to a friend

We're removing a layer of topsoil from a section our yard to lay brick paving. A friend who donated the bricks has expressed an interest in taking this topsoil for their own garden in exchange ...
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How can I save Yew bush branches severely bent by snow and ice?

It's been snowing on these Yew bushes for the past three months of this harsh Massachusetts winter. With regular gentle cleaning, they've been doing fine. After last week's snow it warmed up a bit, ...
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Are 3601 trays big enough to transplant vegetables to?

This is the first year I'm growing my vegetable seeds in standard greenhouse trays and inserts. As a result I wound up getting some inserts I thought were something else and I'm trying to figure out ...
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Should I use a mycorrhizal inoculant when transplanting 4.5" caliper white oaks?

The site is on the east end of Long Island. Zone 6b. It is actually a re-vegetation of a forested area from which we removed over 40 mature pitch pines that had succumbed to some pine beetle. There ...
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2answers
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How can I save my Venus Fly Trap after being watered with tap water?

My coworkers used normal tap water to water my Venus Fly Trap. How can I save it?
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1answer
45 views

What is this shrub/tree with small green drupes in southern Texas?

I'm hoping someone can help me identify this shrub/tree. We recently purchased this property and are still trying to figure some plants out. We live in deep south Texas, zone 8/9 but there are many ...
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1answer
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What's the difference between hydroponics and aeroponics?

I do know how hydroponics works. I think aeroponics is just like cloning but in a big scale you just have to use big buckets and keep air and water at all times with chemicals .
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Have I planted my tomato seedlings too close together?

I have been following this walk-through on growing tomatoes from seeds: http://www.reneesgarden.com/articles/grow-tomato.htm I have planted my seeds in the rectangular container. But I believe I ...
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How long do chemicals persist in a pile of grass clippings?

I have a field behind me and my neighbor is throwing his grass clippings in the field for years, ( the grass is treated with chemicals) I have 2 Doberman and they tend to go over and scratch the top ...
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2answers
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How should I deal with my willow tree that has been butchered by the council?

This willow tree was pruned, and cut back to stump. I believe that whoever was cutting the tree didn't know what he was doing. Today we returned home and were hugely shocked. The willow tree was ...
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Should I remove dead grass/weeds from my raised beds before planting?

We bought a house that already has raised beds. One is FULL of grass and weeds, too much and deep to pull by hand. I understand I should/can put newspaper or cardboard down and then mulch, but do I ...
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Bonsai from tree cuttings

Is there a way to make a bonsai from a normal tree cutting (not from a bonsai cutting)? I was just thinking for instance of making a bonsai maple from a normal size field maple, or ash, etc. What ...
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1answer
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How can I waterproof garden walls which have bad damage to the rendering?

Our garden is on an extreme slope, so I got someone in to landscape it. Unfortunately after one winter the walls are a complete mess. I'm not getting the person who did it back, so I am after any ...
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What is this part between the fuel line and primer bulb on my lawn mower?

My lawn mower engine will not start. After many tries I got it to start twice and it died after a few seconds. The fuel line is clear and full of gas. The primer bulb is brand new. When I push the ...
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1answer
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Germinating ALL vegetable/fruit/ornamental seeds in water before planting in soil [closed]

Is it advantageous to germinate all your seeds in water till they sprout before planting in the soil? Or only some? If some, which ones and why? I have seen people do this online to tomato seeds ...
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1answer
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How critical is water during germination? Should I re-sow?

I just started some veggie seeds 5 days ago. I soaked the soil after planting them, but have totally forgotten to water them since. When I watered them (just now) the soil wasn't dry, but I wouldn't ...
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What plants can I grow on my apartment balcony in India?

I'm from India. I have an apartment with a balcony, and would like to plant a few vegetables and flowers. The climate here is very sunny. I've already planted brinjal, ladies finger, tomatoes and a ...
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What is a good way to get rid of fire ants in Florida? [duplicate]

I unfortunately have huge 3 feet across and larger of fire ant nests in the yard. I have tried Ortho Orthene and Spectracide but they aren't getting all the ants. They just pack up and move over ...
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2answers
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Should I Repot a Tall and Spindly Jade Plant?

I have a Jade plant that was grown for me from a cutting about 5 years ago. Since that time, I've propagated another plant from a branch and I now have two healthy plants. My concern is that my first ...
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How do I stop rabbits from defecating and eating everything in my yard?

Rabbits are nesting in the neighbor's yard behind us, and they feed them which encourages their occupation or infestation. There are dozens of them. They use my yard as their bathroom and their faeces ...
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1answer
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Is this compost appropriate for transplanting/repotting tomatoes?

I have planted some tomato seeds (that came in a grow bag) in a flat planting tray and as the stems and leaves are growing up, I'm being convinced that I should move them back to the grow bags that ...
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1answer
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What is this plant with odd-pinnate leaves that's growing under my oak tree in Florida?

I live in Florida, the plant is growing under my live oak tree. The plant is about one foot high.
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207 views

What are the Coldest Spring Temperatures to Overseed a Lawn?

I know (now) that the best time to overseed a lawn is in the Fall. I obviously missed that window so I have to make do. I've read that the 2nd best time to overseed is early Spring. But how early ...
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1answer
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How do I make my aloe plant beautiful again?

I have a large, beautiful aloe plant that has taken different types of abuse and the bottom, largest leaves are damaged in different ways. The top and new growth are beautiful. Is it possible to cut ...
4
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1answer
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Will sunflower seeds that have been left out all winter germinate?

I forgot to remove a large sunflower before winter and after the snow hit I was unable to get to it. The seeds were left in the head all winter but the plant is high enough that it wasn't buried in ...
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2answers
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Is bottom heat important for successful germination of flower seeds?

While doing research for my answer to this question, I learned that bottom heat, the recommended source being a propagation mat, is essential for successful germination of tree and shrub seeds. Is ...
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Peace Lily. Inside of stem protrudes (see pic). Do I need to do something about it?

As you can see in the pic of this Peace Lily, the internal part of the stem encircled in red protrudes outside its cover. Is that normal? Should I try to push it in or do something about it?
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Is it good to use fertilizer right after a Peace-Lily has been damaged from not being watered for several days?

I have had to cut 1/6th of the stems after it had not been watered for 11 days (don't blame me). Still, after three or four days some other leaves don't look as they used to yet. Spring is coming and ...
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1answer
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Damaged Lily leaves: Brown, yellow and cut. What to do?

Damaged Peace Lily: shall I cut leave encircled in red? What about the yellow-brown on the back right of the encircled one? This occurred after the plant had not been watered for too long. But ...
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1answer
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When should I start watering flowers in the garden?

It is early spring in my region, around the usual time of last frost dates. Tulips and daffodils will soon blossom. Yesterday an old lady spent time in the garden and mentioned she thought the weather ...
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1answer
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Should I cut off severely bent stems (folded on darker line or spot) on my Peace Lily?

I left my home for 11 days and told someone else to water my Peace Lily but she forgot. When I returned the plant looked dead, lying flat and hanging around the pot. I have watered it and cut some ...
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1answer
39 views

Why build a worm bin? Why can't you have a worm heap?

I understand the value of vermiculture, and grew up with a wormbox on the back patio that made beautiful castings. What I don't understand is the purpose of the bin. If I kept a heap of worm-friendly ...
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2answers
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I need to remove a ton of prickles

(Just to be clear, I'm Australian and not entirely sure if that is what everyone calls them, so here is a picture for reference.) (The one on the left in the second picture.) My mum loves ducks ...
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1answer
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What is this vine with large heart-shaped leaves found in western New York state?

This vine grows in many locations in the village of Newark, NY; oddly, I've never noticed it anywhere else (perhaps a specialty of a local nursery?) It is a deciduous perennial with ...
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1answer
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Why is it best to start seeds in shallow trays?

Can I just sow them in a bigger pot, then ultimately transplant them outside? What are the pros and the cons?
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1answer
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Can I plant tagetes tenuifolia between grapevines and ribes?

I am thinking of planting tagetes tenuifolia to partly cover the ground between grapevines and ribes. Those stand in relatively large (approx. 10 x 0.75 m and 3 x 2 m respectively) and otherwise bare ...
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When and how do I trim these bushes?

We moved in to a house with bushes trimmed neatly, but well over the sidewalk. Do I trim this back all at once, or over a long period of time (months? Years?)? We are in southeast Michigan, and will ...
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votes
1answer
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Spring Cleanup: How to preserve beneficial insects

I want to give beneficial insects the best possible opportunity to survive the winter in my yard. For the past several years, I've been leaving most of my perennials stand over winter and clean them ...
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1answer
320 views

What is this climbing plant with blue flowers?

I bought this astonishing, climbing plant months ago, but I wasn't able to identify it. Here's a picture:
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Android Plant App for garden plants and trees [closed]

Is anyone aware/use a well built Android app that identifies plants that grow in my area based upon GPS?

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